Once-a-day feeding system compares well with computerised feeder

Abstract

Last year Northern Irish farmers Chris Catherwood and Jason Rankin won the All Ireland calf rearer of the year award and received a computerised machine as a prize. For the last two years the calves on the Cannon farm had been reared using teated feeders and were fed a skim and buttermilk based milk replacer once a day (OAD).

As they are block calve with 180 cows calving in 10-12 weeks they decided to use both systems to rear the calves and to compare performances and costs on each system. To compare each system they weighed calves at 5 days of age and split them between the two systems.

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